After graduating from the University of Florida, Kristin Larsen secured a position with the City of Orlando. Her experience there convinced her that she wanted to learn more about the shaping of cities from theoretical and practical perspectives. Cornell offered that opportunity, and her dissertation explored the impacts of segregation on neighborhoods and the planning profession’s role and response. She is now an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida, where for four years she was also graduate coordinator. Recent initiatives include an upcoming biography on the community architect Clarence Stein. She has presented her research on state housing trust funds at international and national conferences and participated as an appointed member on Florida’s Affordable Housing Study Commission. As part of a collaborative research team, she drafted one of the first statewide studies to assess historic preservation and its contributions to quality of life. Larsen is also participating on a multi-disciplinary research team that is developing a flexible spatial model to identify and assess the suitability of sites for affordable housing development and preservation.